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De Israelische Terreur 149

Ondanks het feit dat Israel de bezette gebieden terroriseert en op grote schaal oorlogsmisdaden beging in Libanon en ondanks het feit dat Israel zelf een kernmacht is met tenminste 250 nucleaire wapens, en ondanks het feit dat Israel in 1973 de Amerikanen chanteerden door te dreigen met het gebruik van die atoombommen, en ondanks het feit dat Israel keer op keer het internationaal recht schent, probeert 'de joodse natie' nu het Westen rijp te maken voor grootschalige agressie tegen Iran. Let u de komende tijd goed op hoe de westerse commerciele massamedia over Iran gaan berichten.

De Guardian bericht:

'Israel tries to cut off Tehran from world markets
David Hearst in Herzliya

Israel is launching a campaign to isolate Iran economically and to soften up world opinion for the option of a military strike aimed at crippling or delaying Tehran's uranium enrichment programme.
Pressure will be applied to major US pension funds to stop investment in about 70 companies that trade di…

Irak 157

'"I cannot stand the constant military raids in my home"

By Lina Massufi

""My life has been like hell over the past three months. US and Iraqi soldiers have raided my house more than 12 times. "My husband, Khalil, was killed during the US invasion in 2003 when he drove through a closed road and soldiers shot him dead.

"I cannot stand the constant military raids in my home"By Lina Massufi01/24/07 -- - BAGHDAD, 22 January (IRIN) - "My name is Lina Massufi. I'm a 32-year-old laboratory assistant who works 10 hours a day just to make enough money to raise my children. "My life has been like hell over the past three months. US and Iraqi soldiers have raided my house more than 12 times. "My husband, Khalil, was killed during the US invasion in 2003 when he drove through a closed road and soldiers shot him dead. "I live in Haifa Street, one of the most dangerous places to live in Baghdad today. The area is infamous for its huge numb…

The Empire 161

'Dems help sink real opposition to Bush's Iraq
Posted by David Sirota.

Apparently, circus contortionists have replaced political leaders in Washington, D.C...
Circus contortionists never cease to amaze, because the moment you think they can't twist their bodies any further, they somehow do something even more absurd, like tying a full slip-knot with one leg. The same can be said of Washington politicians these days when it comes to Iraq: the moment you think they can't obscure their positions any further, they go right ahead and wow the crowd with ever more hideous poses.
Nowhere is this more apparent than among top congressional Democrats. As we saw earlier this week, just months after the public delivered a strong anti-war mandate to Washington, top House Democrats are demanding that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D) take a "go slow" approach to Iraq - Washingtonese for a "do nothing" approach. Now yesterday, Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joe Biden (D-M…

The Empire 160

'The Living Dead
by Michael S. Rozeff
Up until now, I’ve always thought of the American Empire in conventional terms as a continuing enterprise that, sooner or later, would decline and fall. No more. Today I began thinking of it as dead, ethically, that is. This helps to fix its place among good and bad human institutions. I think we can think of the state in the same way. Why give these institutions one shred of credit more than they deserve?
As I see it, the Empire was stillborn ethically. Whatever life it had and has, was and is, ethically invalid. Its life is drawn from us the living; we die as it battens on our blood. Like a vampire, the Empire is morally dead. It lives by night and darkness, has no reflection in any mirror, and can’t survive without inflicting death on the living. The body of the Empire keeps on fighting for blood, round after round; but it’s a moral zombie. Unfortunately for us, we are part of it. As in the Dracula story, we sustain it, we are hypnotized by it…

The Empire 159

Democracy Now: 'Our Mercenaries in Iraq: Blackwater Inc and Bush's Undeclared Surge.
On Tuesday, five employees of the private security firm Blackwater USA were killed in a violent Baghdad neighborhood. Hours later, President Bush used his State of the Union address to call on what some are calling an undeclared surge of private mercenaries in Iraq. We speak with Jeremy Scahill, author of the forthcoming “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.”
The private security firm Blackwater USA is back in the news again. On Tuesday, hours before President Bush’s State of the Union address, one of the company’s helicopters was brought down in a violent Baghdad neighborhood. Five Blackwater troops - all Americans - were killed. Reports say the men’s bodies show signs of execution-style deaths with bullet wounds to the back off the head.
Blackwater provided no identities or details of those killed. They did release a statement saying the deaths “are a reminder of th…

The Empire 158

'A Cornered Animal
By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t Columnist

He's a ghost, he's a god,
He's a man,
he's a guru,
You're one microscopic cog
In his catastrophic plan,
Designed and directed by
His red right hand...
- Nick Cave

Question: What is the connection between a possible American attack on Iran and the perjury trial of I. Lewis Libby?
Answer: Vice President Dick Cheney.
Wariness over a potential American attack on Iran has been on the rise for months. This wariness became outright fear in certain circles as last November's midterms approached; the idea of an Iran assault being used as the "October Surprise" to change the electoral geometry was bandied about extensively. No such attack came, but attention has not wandered far from the possibility since.
Concerns rose again over the last several weeks after Bush's poorly-received speech justifying the "surge" of US troops into Iraq. A centerpiece of that speech was hi…

Ilan Pappé

Gistermiddag gaf de Israelische historicus Ilan Pappé aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam een lezing over het onderwerp The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, tevens de titel van zijn laatste boek. Pappé, geboren in 1954, is hoogleraar politicologie aan de Universiteit van Haifa en behoort tot de zogeheten groep van 'nieuwe historici' die de geschiedenis van 'de joodse staat' herschrijven. Ilan Pappé pleit voor een boycot van Israel 'als enige middel om het land te dwingen de bezetting van Palestijns land te beeindigen.' Ik heb Pappé's ongeveer anderhalf uur durende lezing en beantwoording van vragen opgenomen. U kunt er hier naar luisteren onder de rubriek Lectures: http://webdisk.planet.nl/houck006/default.aspx> Of via: http://www.stanvanhoucke.net/audioblog/index.php Meer over zijn boek kunt u hier lezen. Amazon. Com: 'Customer Reviews
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Iran 92

'Tehran's Influence Grows As Iraqis See Advantages
By Joshua Partlow
Washington Post Foreign Service

BAGHDAD, Jan. 25 -- When Fadhil Abbas determined that his mother's astigmatism required surgery, they did not consider treatment in his home town of Najaf, in southern Iraq. Instead they joined a four-taxi convoy of ailing Iraqis headed to Iran.
For more than two weeks last fall, Abbas, his sister and his mother were treated to free hotels, trips to the zoo and religious shrines, and his mother's $1,300 eye surgery at a hospital in Tehran, all courtesy of the offices of Moqtada al-Sadr, Iraq's ascendant Shiite Muslim cleric. Abbas returned to Najaf glowing over the technical prowess of Iran.
"When you look at this hospital, it is like something imaginary -- you wouldn't believe such a hospital like this exists," said Abbas, a 22-year-old college student. "Iran wants to help the patients in Iraq. Other countries don't want to let Iraqis in."
The…

De Israelische Terreur 148

Een van die honderden voorbeelden waarbij Israelische strijdkrachten Palestijnse kinderen doodschieten. De Nederlandse regering protesteert hier niet tegen. Integendeel, het Nederlands kabinet steunt de Israelische terreur zowel politiek, economisch als militair.

De New York Times bericht:

'Father of Dead West Bank Girl Seeks Peace With Israelis.
By Greg Myre
The New York Times

Anata, West Bank - Even as Bassam Aramin mourns his 10-year-old daughter, killed last week during a clash between stone-throwing Palestinian youths and the Israeli police, he says he wants to talk to Israelis about making peace.
It has been a long journey for Mr. Aramin, 38, a former Palestinian fighter. He spent seven years in Israeli jails, from 1986 to 1993, for weapons possession and for belonging to the Fatah movement, which was banned at the time.
But his views gradually changed, and for the past two years he has been an active member of Combatants for Peace, a group of former Palestinian militants and for…

Israelisch Expansionisme 40

Voor ie het nog niet wist: 'Een Ander Joods Geluid laat weten:
'EAJG en UCP nodigen U uit voor:26 januari 15:00 uur Gastcollege door Ilan Pappé Universiteit van Amsterdam, Oudemanhuispoort, zaal F001 27 januari 15:00 uur Boekpresentatie ‘The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine’ door Ilan Pappé ABC Treehouse Gallery, Voetboogstraat 11, Amsterdam 28 januari 14:00 uur Lezing met Ilan Pappe in Desmet Desmet Studio’s, Plantage Middenlaan 4a, Amsterdam. Op uitnodiging van Een Ander Joods Geluid (EAJG) en United Civilians for Peace (UCP) is de Israëlische historicus Ilan Pappé 26 t/m 28 jan. in Nederland. Ilan Pappé (1954) doceert als hoogleraar politicologie aan de universiteit van Haifa; hij was van 1993-2000 wetenschappelijk directeur van het Joods-Arabisch Instituut voor Vredeseducatie Givat Haviva en is nu hoofd van het Emil Touma Instituut voor Palestijnse Studies in Haifa.Hij is een van de meest vooraanstaande Israëlische schrijvers en behoort tot de groep “New Historians” die de gevestigd…

De Amerikaanse Vredesbeweging

Van Boudine Berkenbosch kreeg ik deze email:'Aanstaande zaterdag, 27 januari, zullen honderdduizenden Amerikanen een mars naar Washington houden, om vrede en gerechtigheid te eisen in Irak en het Midden Oosten. Het mondiale genootschap Avaaz is bezig om wereldwijd een stem van solidariteit te laten klinken, middels een internationale virtuele mars. Het is kort dag, dus laat je stem horen en sluit je vandaag nog aan bij deze demonstratie.
Aanhangers van Avaaz in Washington hebben aangeboden om echte spandoeken en borden mee te dragen in de demonstratie in de VS – om te laten zien hoeveel internet demonstranten van over de hele wereld met hen meedoen. Ze zullen de vlag van elk land dat meer dan 500 internet demonstranten weet op te roepen met zich meedragen, dus vertel het aan je vrienden!
Terwijl de oppositie tegen deze oorlog groeit, heeft Avaaz meer dan 45.000 mensen uit meer dan 100 landen opgeroepen om zich aan te sluiten bij het verzet tegen de militaire escalatie van Bush en om…

De Commerciele Massamedia 23

Democracy Now bericht: 'Five years ago this week, a one-hundred-twelve car train derailed just outside Minot, North Dakota - the state’s fourth largest city. The accident occurred shortly before two in the morning on January 18, 2002. Minutes later, the train’s conductor called the local emergency dispatch.
Minot, North Dakota 911 Dispatch Call.
Two hundred forty thousand gallons of anhydrous ammonia leaked out of the train producing a vapor plume that floated over the town. Limited exposure burns the eyes, the skin, and the lungs. Larger doses can shut down the human respiratory system. The chemical leak in Minot, North Dakota ended up killing one person. Approximately 330 were treated for immediate health problems and more than 1,000 people needed medical care for recurring illnesses in the next month. But questions remain to this day over how the crisis was handled and the role played by media consolidation.
The radio giant Clear Channel owned all six commercial stations in Minot, …

De Pro-Israel Lobby 26

'The Israeli lobby and the endless wars: Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, and
upcoming war on Iran
by Mazin Qumsiyeh
http://qumsiyeh.org

Over 80% of Iraqis want the US to leave Iraq and 60% support attacks on US
soldiers and mercenaries (aka "contractors"). A majority of the US public
also want withdrawal (not redeployment and not the fake "winning" strategies
of politicians who are always behind the curve). Get out of Iraq is what
most of the world wants the US to do. Even in countries with racist past and
bigotted rightwing current leadership (UK, Canada, Australia), the people
are not in favor of this illegal war. Even here with gatekeepers in the
media, polls show Bush with the lowest approval ratings ever (in the
twenties). Some call it Bush's war but it is also becoming clearer (at
least on the internet though not in mainstream media) that the war was
conceived, planned and managed by a neoconservative cabal with strong
connections to AIPAC (Israel unregistered lobby…

The Empire 157

Telkens weer als neoconservatieven trots spreken van 'onze, de westerse Verlichting,' weet ik meteen dat we met propagandisten te maken hebben. De geschiedenis wordt nog steeds bepaald door de schaarse grondstoffen. Al vier eeuwen geleden, aan het begin van de burgerlijke samenleving, schreef de Britse filosoof Hobbes over 'een voortdurende en rusteloze begeerte naar macht en nog eens macht, die pas ophoudt met de dood. En de oorzaak hiervan is niet altijd dat iemand hoopt op een intenser genot dan hij reeds bereikt heeft; of dat hij geen genoegen kan nemen met een gematigde macht; maar omdat hij niet de macht en de middelen om goed te leven... kan verzekeren, zonder het verwerven van meer.' Het is juist die drijfveer die absoluut centraal staat in een kapitalistische parlementaire democratie. De rest is naief wishful thinking of domweg ordinaire propaganda. Zolang de grootste bullebak niet door het internationaal recht aan banden kan worden gelegd, bestaat er geen func…

The Empire 156

'Off the Rails: Big Oil, Big Brother Win Big in the State of the Union.

By Greg Palast

There was that tongue again. When the President lies he’s got this weird nervous tick: He sticks the tip of his tongue out between his lips. Like a little boy who knows he’s fibbing. Like a snake licking a rat. In his State of the Union tonight the President did his tongue thing 124 times — my kids kept count.
But it wasn’t all rat-licking lies.Most pundits concentrated on Iraq and wacky health insurance stuff. But that’s just bubbles and blather. The real agenda is in the small stuff. The little razors in the policy apple, the nasty little pieces of policy shrapnel that whiz by between the appearances of the Presidential tongue.First, there was the announcement the regime will, “give employers the tools to verify the legal status of their workers.” In case you missed that one, the President is talking about creating a federal citizen profile database.There’s a problem with that idea. It’s against …

The Empire 155

Er bestaan vele mythen over de Verenigde Staten, zoals de mythe van de sociale mobiliteit en van de vooruitgang en van de Amerikaanse droom. Toen ik afgelopen zomer duizenden kilometers door het zuidwesten van de VS reed, zag ik hoe in nagenoeg alle plaatsen fabrieken gesloten waren, veel mensen waren weggetrokken, sommigen plaatsen waren zelfs in ghost towns veranderd. Het werk was verplaatst naar Mexico en China waar de arbeiders stukken goedkoper zijn zodat de winsten van de concerns tot record hoogtes kunnen stijgen. Volgens de Nobelprijswinnaar Economie, de Amerikaan Jopseph Stiglitz zullen westerse werkenemers in toenemende mate moeten concurreren met de veel goedkopere werknemers in de Derde Wereld. Zo vereist de ontwikkeling van het neoliberalisme. Het betreft nu ook het witte boorden werk, zoals het bedienen van computers en het ontwerpen van computerprogramma's. Voor de Amerikaanse jongeren in het mid- en zuidwesten zit er niet veel anders op dan in dienst gaan. Dat bli…

De Israelische Terreur 147

Electronic Intifada bericht:

'EI EXCLUSIVE: Leaked Israeli document gives frightening glimpse of apartheid.
Ali Abunimah,

ISRAELI MINISTRY OF DEFENSE DOCUMENT PROVIDES GLIMPSE INTO
THE MINDSET OF APARTHEID'S BUREAUCRACY, OUTLINES MOVEMENT RESTRICTIONS, BUREAUCRATIC ETHNIC CLEANSING, POLITICAL MANIPULATION AND ATTEMPT TO FOSTER COLLABORATORS.
The Electronic Intifada,
25 January 2007

President Jimmy Carter angered Israel and its friends by describing "the abominable oppression and persecution in the occupied Palestinian territories, with a rigid system of required passes and strict segregation between Palestine's citizens and Jewish settlers in the West Bank."Now, The Electronic Intifada has obtained an Israeli Ministry of Defense Powerpoint presentation which provides a frightening glimpse into the mindset of the bureaucracy of apartheid.The first page of the document bears the name "Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories" as well as the acron…